|E100 Week 9: Psalms and Proverbs - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
This week's 5 is a somewhat artificial collection, putting together two different things. Yet both Psalms and Proverbs work differently from the narrative/history and prophecy that comprise the bulk of the Old Testament, and both are used a lot by Christians along with Genesis and Isaiah (while most of the Old Testament lies unread the Two-Thirds Bible). In this podcast we'll look at how different genres (see the posts here, especially: Genre matters: 1- Why genre matters) work...
Keywords: psalms; proverbs; bible; biblical study
|E100-43: Psalm 103:1 - 103:22: God is faithful and loving - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
There are some technical details to explain: what a "hymn" is (not a long old-fashioned worship song), what it means to "bless God" and the meaning of hesed. But mainly this podcast aims to encourage you to hear the celebration of the creator God who is gracious, even to those who do not deserve it, merciful and above all faithful. It's a beautiful psalm, that expresses how God is not "a god" clearly and sharply, and it just begs us to join in blessing Yahweh!
Keywords: psalms; psalm 103; bible; biblical study
|A Text without contexts is dumb! 2: Text without cotext is dumb - Tim Bulkeley|
For the second part of this "A text without contexts is dumb" series we'll think about cotext, the text that surrounds a text, providing context. The biblical examples come from Psalms and Ephesians. You might want to listen to Part 1 here first ;)
Keywords: Context; Ephesians; Psalms; bible; cotext; interpretation
|Being Ideal Readers: 1 in which we discover the importance of a Psalm - Tim Bulkeley|
In this podcast we'll begin to grapple with a complicated idea, but quite simply begin to discover how to become (more) ideal readers. We'll be looking at Eph 4 , and you will also need a bookmark in Ps 68 . This is a podcast in two parts (otherwise I'd have to change the name to 10 minute Bible, so do listen to tomorrow's episode after today's ;)
Keywords: audio.bible; ephesians; psalms; Reading; interpretation
|E100-42: Psalm 51:1 - 51:19: Have mercy on me - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The biblical text tells us how to read this psalm. Whether or not we agree with those who see the words âbuild the walls of Jerusalemâ at the end as a reference to the need to (re)build after the destruction of 586, and so (perhaps along with other reasons) see the psalm as actually written later, we are told to read the psalm against the story of David's sin and Nathan's visit NB: the headings like are often printed as if they had less authority than the big bold headings Bible publishers ad...
Keywords: psalms; psalm 51; david; bible; biblical study
|A Text without Contexts is Dumb! - Tim Bulkeley|
This podcast is aimed at real beginners in biblical study and addresses why multiple contexts are important for reading/hearing texts, particularly the Bible.
Keywords: bible; context; interpretation; reading; culture; genesis psalms
|Complaint Psalms: Part One - Tim Bulkeley|
This post starts to talk about Psalm 22, mentioning Job 10 on the way, we will examine these passages as a way into understanding "complaint psalms". Complaints are the commonest type of psalm in the book of psalms. You might like to listen to my earlier post "Arguing with God: Jer 12:1-4" first, it sets the scene for this one, and should probably have been called "Complaint psalms: Part One"! I hope the next post - in a few days - will follow up looking some more at Psalm 22.
Keywords: Arguing with God; Complaint; Job; Psalms; lament; biblical studies
|Complaint Psalms: Part Two - Tim Bulkeley|
This second look at the complaint psalms continues to focus on Psalm 22. Part three will return to Jeremiah.
Keywords: Arguing with God; Complaint; Psalms; lament; biblical studies
|E100-41: Psalm 23:1 - 23:6: A psalm of the life of faith - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Perhaps the best known and popular psalm among both Jews and Christiansbut not easy to categorise, except that it expresses trust in God. The imagery makes even better sense when some geography and culture is understood: sheep follow shepherds, they are not left on the hills and then driven green pastures, means land where there is some green vegetation, not just rocks and dust wadis: steep sided gorges, semi-desert little vegetation, quick run off from hills = flash floods For more on this see...
Keywords: psalms; psalm 23; 23rd psalm; lord is my shepherd; shepherd psalm; bible; biblical study
|E100-72: Acts 3:1 - 4:37: The rejected stone - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Peter gets some powerful lines in these two great chapters :) Since I was a child Iâve loved his: "I donât have silver and gold, but what I do have Iâll give you. Get up and walk!" So different from what we usually hearâ¦ And then when faced by the authorities he talks about his Master as the "Stone the builders rejected" quoting Ps 118:22. This superb Psalm all through contrasts human power and "protection" with God's steadfast love that endures forever.....
Keywords: Acts; Jesus; Psalms